Arts news

New staging as Les Mis returns

THREE of the region’s big theatres will be welcoming the new staging of Les Miserables next year. The spectacular show will be at the Mayflower in Southampton from 8th to 26th March, Plymouth Theatre Royal from 24th May to 11th June, and Bristol Hippodrome from .12th July to 6th August. Returning by popular demand following…

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Salisbury festival back in 2022

SALISBURY International Arts Festival will return in 2022 with a full programme for the first time in two years. From 27th May to 19th June, the festival will feature a diverse programme of music, theatre, film, dance, spoken word, visual arts, family and free events. The festival, running over an extended period of three weeks,…

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Acis and Galatea. Iford Arts, Bradford-on-Avon

IT would be hard to imagine a more perfect setting for baroque opera than the Italianate cloister in the beautiful Harold Peto-designed gardens of Iford Manor near Bradford-on-Avon. Over the years, the cloister and the gardens were the setting for operas from every period, jazz, folk and world music, picnic proms and more. It was…

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Theatre in the open air

THEATRE-lovers have been relishing the chance to see their chosen art form in open air venues all across the region – even if they have had to dodge downpours and withstand winds. This summer has a record number of companies with more than 25 productions  touring the south and west  until early in September. Illyria…

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David Suchet looks back

SIR David Suchet, one of this country’s most loved actors, best-known as Agatha Christie’s Poirot on television, but acclaimed for his many stage roles, looks back on his long career in a live conversation at Bath Theatre Royal on Monday 22nd November. Poirot and More, A Retrospective will tour to more than 20 theatres in…

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Nick Cave live at Poole

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre has scored a notable  success for music fans with a date on Nick Cave’s autumn tour. The constantly innovating and sometimes controversial musician is performing with Warren Ellis. In their first tour as a duo, Cave and Ellis will play 20 shows across the UK in September and October, following the…

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Frome Festival – how it began

THERE are two ways you can launch a festival. You can spend years planning, booking the acts and preparing the events, securing sponsorship, getting the funding in place, hiring venues and making sure you have an army of volunteers and a core team of committed professionals to manage every date and detail. Or you can…

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Totton win for Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre was the big winner at this year’s Totton Festival of Drama with four awards, including the trophy as overall winner of the competition. The festival, which had been postponed from its usual March slot because of the pandemic, was held at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton. As well as the winner’s…

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Swanage venue for new integrated musical

THE Mowlem Theatre at Swanage will be the venue for a new British Sign Language-integrated musical version of the Mark Twain story, The Princess and the Pauper, from 17th to 28th August. The cast has been announced for this new family musical will be Rhiannon Jones (Silent Witness, BBC) as Tess Canty and Hannah Brownlie…

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Sad news from Cornwall

AFTER more than 40 years, Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre has announced that is has mounted its last production. When founder and director Mike Shepherd decided to call it quits earlier this year, and was quickly followed by actor, director and writer (and Kneehigh protege) Carl Grose and writer Anna Maria Murphy,  both leaving to concentrate on other…

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